Living a healthy lifestyle is living green. This is something not many people realize until they begin to live it. And it’s actually very satisfying to know that you are not only keeping yourself healthy but also making our planet healthier for others, especially the future generations.
Below are some green tips for a healthier lifestyle.
1. Avoid prepackaged foods, takeout, and fast foods
Start your journey to a greener, healthier life by eating the right foods. It’s no secret that many prepackaged, takeout and fast foods are loaded with unhealthy ingredients. At the same time, these foods come with packaging materials that only end up in the dumpsters. Instead of choosing instant foods, you can spend a few minutes of your day in the kitchen to prepare your own healthy foods.
2. Use eco-friendly home cleaners
A lot of us use harsh home cleaning agents. Unfortunately, these cleaners can have bad effects on health as well as the environment. Some of the common health issues associated with home cleaners include asthma flare-ups, allergies, skin rashes, and poisoning. These chemicals can also escape into the environment causing unwanted harm, particularly in the marine ecosystem.
Good thing there are healthier substitutes to home cleaning agents just like those used by eco-friendly home cleaning services. So, the next you buy home cleaners read through the label and choose organic, eco-friendly options. You can even make your own home cleaners using environmentally-safe ingredients commonly found in the kitchen; for example, you can mix vinegar with baking soda and salt to come up with an effective mold remover.
3. Choose fresh, locally grown foods
By buying fresh, locally grown food, you do not only achieve your health goals but also help indirectly minimize fuel consumption. It is estimated that vegetables, fruits, crops and all other food products travel around 3,000 miles before they get into our plates. Food transportation remains a major source of emission, pollution and fuel consumption. But aside from the harm it causes to the environment, the long distance traveled by the foods we eat makes it prone to contamination as well as loss of flavor, nutritional contents, and health benefits. Choosing fresh foods grown from local farms ensures that you intake healthier options. Not to mention, it also helps promote your local economy.
4. Avoid bottled drinks
Soft drinks and other bottled beverages are not only unhealthy; they are also unfriendly to the environment. Plastic bottles are among the largest sources of environmental pollutants. Every minute, a million plastic bottles are bought around the world; and by 2021, it would breach the trillion mark that surpasses all our current recycling efforts. An enormous amount of these pollutants finally end up in bodies of water jeopardizing marine ecosystem.
In terms of health, many of these bottled beverages contain unhealthy levels of sugar that can ruin your diet. So, instead of buying soft drinks and other sweetened bottled beverages, you can prepare your own fruit juices and place it in a ceramic, reusable bottle. Make your fruit shakes more exciting by trying new blender recipes every now and then. This way, you can live healthier and reduce plastic bottle consumption.
5. Reduce meat consumption
Perhaps you’ve heard about the possible health issues arising from too much consumption of meat, such as heart diseases, cancer, gastrointestinal diseases, and many more. But aside from these ill-effects on health, our meat-eating lifestyle also has a tremendous environmental impact. Modern agriculture is a leading environmental hazard that poses issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, overconsumption of water, air and water quality degradation, overuse of land resources, species extinction, and deforestation.
Reducing your meat consumption can also help reduce the environmental impact of meat production. And the best part of it is that you can avoid the risks associated with eating too much meat.
6. No emission commute
Walking or biking to work is a sustainable and healthy way to live. This is especially true if your workplace is just near your home. Perhaps there’s no need to elaborate on the health benefits of walking or biking to work. Aside from these health benefits, you also help reduce the environmental impact of locomotive transportation, such as air pollution, being a nuisance to neighbors, climate change, and traffic.
Give it a shot for a few weeks and see how it can improve your health. Many workers who opt for no-emission commute claim that they tend to be more productive and even arrive early at work. And here’s a bonus, you can save up on your daily transportation expenses when you ride the bike or walk. What could be more encouraging than that!
It only takes one step to start living a green and healthy lifestyle. Hopefully, these tips inspire you to start making green, healthy options. Start today with these tips and see how they can make your life better!